Stagecoach to attempt the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous performances of one show

Thousands of our students will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show.
Almost 200 Stagecoach schools across the UK, Germany and Canada are due to perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior next summer marking 30 years of our success in the performing arts.

Celebrating our 30-year anniversary, the performance will see schools nationwide and abroad (including Germany and Canada) stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior simultaneously at 6pm BST on 1st July 2018. We are aiming to have 200 of schools taking part, the world record attempt commemorating three decades of our schools sparking children’s creativity through singing, dancing and acting classes. Upwards of 6,500 children will be involved attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show.

If successful, we will break its own record, which currently stands from 2008. Almost ten years ago we organised the largest simultaneous performance of one show for our 20th anniversary, achieving 66 performances of Glad Rags across the UK, Ireland and Germany. So far, more than double the number of schools have signed up to join the festivities and this is set to increase we edge closer to the momentous performance next year.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released in cinemas in 1991 and is one of the most beloved animated films of all time. In 1994 it was transformed into a spectacular, award-winning Broadway musical by the Disney Theatrical Group, which has been seen by over 25 million people and continues to enchant audiences around the world. Most recently, this ‘tale as old as time’ has again been reinvented, this time as a live-action feature, which is the world’s top-grossing film of 2017, reaffirming its enduring appeal across multiple generations.

At Stagecoach, we boast a talented alumni base of A-list celebrities and actors. The selection of Disney’s enchanting classic is highly appropriate, with two of our former students, Emma Watson and Nathan Mack, having played the protagonist Belle and Chip the teacup, respectively, in the film of Beauty and the Beast this year. 

Sarah Kelly, CEO of Stagecoach Performing Arts, said: “As we continue to reach new heights and successes it’s only fitting that we smash our own Guinness World Record from ten years ago. The children are buzzing with the excitement of collaborating on a world record! With a curriculum planned around the evergreen ‘tale as old as time’, our fun, educational and stimulating rehearsals help children develop Creative Courage For Life.”

We also have planned a year-long calendar of exciting opportunities to mark our 30th anniversary milestone, including hosting tea parties in schools across the country around the birthday date of 7th-9th April. A special commemorative Charity Gala will also award students, nominated by their Principals, for Creative Courage. The Gala will raise funds for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.